The general feeling in Madrid is that Los Blancos are stronger and more confident than they were last year, while their Bundesliga opponents are a less imposing prospect due a number of high-profile absentees.
Jurgen Klopp's side still possess enough quality to pose Madrid some serious problems on Wednesday evening, though, and will not be underestimated by the hosts despite their significant injury list.
Those injuries, together with Madrid's strong home form, mean that bet365 price a win for Madrid at just 4/11 (1.36), making them overwhelming favorites with the bookmakers, while the visitors are offered at a healthy looking 15/2 (8.50). A draw is priced at 19/4 (5.75).
Carlo Ancelotti has spoken of the importance of taking a decent advantage into the second leg and also of the necessity of playing with high intensity.
Madrid will be looking to take advantage of Dortmund's high-profile absentees - namely Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan and Jakub Blaszczykowski.
At the Santiago Bernabeu, in Europe, Madrid have been imperious over the last few seasons, having not suffered a home defeat in the Champions League for three years.
While the price in a Madrid win outright does not appeal to the majority of punters, the odds of 9/10 (1.90) for them to win with a -1 goal handicap looks tempting.
It has paid out in 11 of Los Blancos' last 16 home champions league games and, with Dortmund having kept only one clean sheet in Europe this season, Madrid should be capable of winning by a two-goal margin and securing the kind of advantage about which Ancelotti has spoken.
|Real Madrid -1 handicap at 9/10 (1.90) for 2.5pts with bet365